What is Global Citizenship?
Global Citizenship is a youth development category under the Citizenship curriculum area. Due to the steady increase in globalization, the need is even greater for every individual to learn basic principles of how to be a global citizen. Global competence is necessary for global peace, stability, and development.
Global Citizenship incorporates:
- Identification as a citizen of a global society
- Knowledge of and appreciation for all cultures, including one’s own
- Understanding of global interconnectedness and/or issues that affect our global world
- Responsibility to positively contribute to and care for our global society
The Global Citizenship page serves many purposes: for youth to discover cultures, as well as learn how to be an actively engaged global citizen; for staff members to have access to a plethora of resources and global citizenship education materials; and for parents to understand the importance of global citizenship and how to enable their children to be global citizens that will change the world.
4-H Youth and Global Citizenship
The Youth Solution
The 4-H movement—made up of 4-H programs delivered through Cooperative Extension at land-grant universities in the United States as well as independent 4-H programs from around the world—is uniquely positioned to meet urgent global needs:
- Young people are the drivers of change—and today there are more than one billion people between 12 and 24.
- The young people of today are the farmers who will feed the world in 2050.
- 4-H reaches 7 million young people in more than 50 countries.
- More than 3.5 million girls and young women are leading in 4-H today.
- The 4-H high quality positive youth development experience is proven effective—with a 100-year history of agricultural and economic development.
- A global network of independent 4-H programs is working together to offer the 4-H experience to millions more young people—with a goal to double the number of young leaders reached outside the U.S. by 2015.
Resources for Youth
Youth of the next generation will be in high demand to make positive impacts on our global community, both personally and professionally. The solutions to many global issues, such as clean water, quality education, and food for all, may be in the brains of today's youth.
Starting Out - Basic / Level 1
- Simply talk to others and observe their mannerisms, behaviors and ways of thinking
- Find out your ancestry and research the countries that your family originated from
- Read books, newspapers, articles, etc. that give you insight into happenings around the world
- Research social norms, holidays, activities, games, music, etc. found in other countries
- Raise money for your favorite charity every time you walk, run or bike with Charity Miles
Learning More - Intermediate / Level 2
- Interview people in your community that have lived outside of the U.S.
- Discover others' perspectives on global issues
- Research societal issues around the globe and what is being done about them
- Read about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
- Learn about the food systems across the globe
- Find out how technology has impacted the world
- Play the Diversity Game
Expanding Horizons - Advanced / Level 3
- Join a local community organization that has a global focus or create your own
- Research the 130+ international non-profits with Global Impact
- Find a global missions team and discover ways you can support their global work
- Host a hunger banquet
- Create a global youth service project
- Identify a global cause important to you and determine how to make a difference
- Utilize Map Your World by The Revolutionary Optimists
- Investigate the ways our U.S. government has a role in our world
- Apply to attend the Iowa Youth Institute
- Present your new knowledge to friends, family and community members
Resources for Staff and Leaders
Staff members and 4-H leaders have the power to influence the lives of children due to the position they hold. Every time they connect with a child, they have the opportunity to mold each young individual into a contributing citizen, and empower them with the skills to change the world.
National Education Association: Why Cultural Competence?
MyExtension Global Citizenship
- WeConnect: A Global Youth Citizenship Curriculum
- Latino Cultural Arts Curriculum
- Food, Culture, and Reading Curriculum
- Citizenship Curriculum
Lesson Plans and Activities
- Who Am I? Exploring Your Own Culture
- Latino Traditions: ¡feliz cumpleaños!
- Culture In Our Own Land: Native Americans
- Culture Cards
- University of Illinois Extension - Understanding and Appreciating Culture
- Global Bingo - Good Icebreaker
- Diversity Activities and Icebreakers
- Let's Take a Trip Around the World
- 100 People: Global Education Lesson Plans
- Heifer International: Read to Feed Resources & Materials
- Peace Corps: World Wise Schools Resources & Materials
- University of Washington, Bothell: Intercultural Competence Toolkit
- My Place in the World - activity for younger kids
- Celebrations Around the World
- Games Around the World
Readings with Meanings
- The Crayon Box That Talked
- The Borlaug Chain
- The Blind Men and the Elephant
- How to Build Global Community
- Media That Matters YouTube Channel - a collection of very thought-provoking videos that will challenge thinking, perceptions and stereotypes
Resources for Parents
Parents also have a unique position and responsibility to create and raise responsible, contributing citizens. Your children will experience even higher influences of globalization and cultural diversity in their personal and professional lives.
- Promoting Global Citizenship - watch this short video to understand the importance of global competency
- Global Moms Challenge
- TIME for Kids: Around the World
- Little Passports - Packages arrive each month that include photos, objects, maps, activities and more for children to learn about countries around the world. Their blog section also has features many educational and very simple ways to introduce culture in your home.
- Kid World Citizen
- My Place in the World
- Become a host family
- Multicultural Literature
- CitizenKid Series - a collection of 15+ books written for middle-aged youth to help them understand complex global issues and inspire them to make a difference locally and globally.
- Christmas Around the World MiniBooks - nine minibooks explain how Christmas is celebrated in Italy, England, Sweden, Australia, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Israel.
- Parent's Corner: Reading to Your Little Global Citizens
- If The World Were A Village
- This Child, Every Child
- If - compacting big ideas into ways that young children can understand
- Books about Asia for Kids
- Books about Russia for Kids
EXPERIENCE CULTURE IN IOWA
Other Places of Cultural Interest
Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation in Cresco
World Food Prize Building in Des Moines
Danish Villages in Elk Horn and Kimballton (Largest rural Danish settlement in the United States)
Kalona - Amish and Mennonite settlement just south of Iowa City
Amana Colonies - seven villages of German culture
Fair Trade Stores
Worldly Goods in Ames
Loving Opportunities Fair Trade (LOFT) Market in Burlington
SIS International Shop in Davenport
A Ripple Effect in Dubuque
Ten Thousand Villages in Iowa City
The Work of Our Hands in Pella
Pella Tulip Time (early May) - celebrates Pella's Dutch Heritage
Orange City Tulip Festival (mid May) - enjoy Dutch delicacies while watching the parade and enjoying a Broadway play
Trivoli Fest (Memorial Day weekend) - Tour the Danish Windmill and The Museum of Danish America while enjoying Danish foods and specialities
Julefest (late November) - a Danish Christmas celebration in the Danish Villages
Des Moines Art Festival (late June) - an internationally renowned event featuring many forms of art and culture
Guttenberg Germanfest (late September) - celebrating the rich German heritage that makes up the small town of Guttenberg
Fairfield 1st Friday Art Walk (year round) - each month, the town of Fairfield convenes to celebrate creativity, culture and community
Iowa 4-H Global Citizenship Webinar
4-H Global Network
CultureGrams (login required):
Extension Staff can find login information on myExtension
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Peace Corps World Wise Schools
CIA World Factbook
Pew Research Center Global Attitudes and Trends
The World Bank
World Food Prize
Iowa Youth Institute on World Hunger
Global Youth Institute on World Hunger
The Millennium Project: Global Challenges
If The World Were A Village of 100 People
Diversity Data Kids
TIME for Kids: Around the World
Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation
Centre for Intercultural Learning
Half the Sky Movement